Today we have a guest blogger Sara Boehm, on the blog discussing how to help new students with the transition into their new school.
Starting at a new school after moving to a new home in a new city can be exciting, but it can also be nerve-wracking and stressful. For hundreds of thousands of students across the country, that is what any academic year has in store for them.
Take a few moments to talk with any new students. Ask them questions about where they moved from and what they like to do.
Introduce them to the class with this information or give them the option of introducing themselves if they feel comfortable.
Knowing their interests and past extracurricular endeavours, perhaps you can make suggestions to the student on clubs and activities they might be interested in trying.
Moving is an exciting time for a fresh start, and a time to try new things. Encourage students with suggestions on where and how to try something new as well!
Finally, seating placement can play a big role in how a new student settles in and acclimates to your class and to the school as well. When possible, try to seat new students next to or near students who you know will be helpful, welcoming, and who potentially share common interests.
The same is true for group work as well. Consider placing newly transferred students with those helpful and inclusive students who will be sure to get them up to speed and keep them on track.
Finding Their Way Around